raking leaves in the autumn

Before a buyer ever steps foot inside your home, they’ll see your yard. So it’s important to keep the outdoor space in front of your property looking its best—no matter the season. Unfortunately, many sellers believe that landscaping only matters in spring and summer. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Thanks to its stunning natural beauty, fall is also a great time to make an incredible first impression with your home.

If you’re looking to sell your property this autumn, here are five landscaping tips to maximize its appeal…

1) Consider hardscaping

Your hardscape includes any elements of your landscaping that aren’t plants. Brick walkways, metal gazebos, decorative rocks—they all belong in this category. In the fall, as temperatures begin to drop, these features can make your outdoor space feel cozier and more inviting. Potential buyers want to imagine enjoying life in your home, and hardscaping can help them do just that when it comes to your outdoor space.

2) Add some foliage

As the leaves fall, properties can start to look barren. One of the best ways to counteract this effect is by planting some hearty fall vegetation. Opt for plants that are lush enough to fill out visually-unappealing areas in your yard. Gold mound spirea is a popular option, thanks to its full leaves and the pop of autumn colour it provides. Virginia creeper, with its deep red hue and attractive vines, also works well.

3) Use autumn mulch

You may find that your lawn is sparser in the fall—which isn’t a great look when buyers come calling. Luckily, decorative mulch can help. Using it in and around your plant beds can provide some extra coverage—and even add aesthetic value to your yard. To make the most of mulch this fall, consider using materials that provide seasonal colours and fragrances. Cedar chips and shredded pine bark are both great options.

4) Keep it clean

During the transition between seasons, home exteriors can get pretty messy. That’s why it’s so important to give your property a once-over before each viewing. Leaves and plant debris should be cleared not just from your lawn, but from your gutters as well. Wipe down outdoor decorations, such as your bird feeders. Lastly, don’t forget to bring in any clay pots or glass ornaments that could crack as the weather gets colder.

5) Add fall accents

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact. In the autumn, that could mean adding some planters full of seasonal flowers. It could mean installing warm landscape lighting to illuminate the pathway to your front door. It could even be as simple as touching up the paint on the fence that separates your property from your neighbour’s. Whatever you do, just be sure that the improvements you make are carefully considered and executed.

While many sellers underestimate the value of landscaping in the fall, it has the potential to significantly boost your property’s appeal. For help upgrading your front yard, talk to a seller’s agent, a designer, or simply a lawn-care or gardening expert at your home improvement store!

Getting ready to sell your home? Get in touch—we know what buyers are looking for, and we can help you get your home in tip-top shape!

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